The Bible gives us tons of help when it comes to healing a broken heart. Whether you go through a breakup or carry emotional wounds, Jesus wants to heal your broken heart, today.
What does the Bible say about a broken heart?
The Bible says that God is near to those who have a broken heart. He binds up our wounds and reveals the love of Jesus by the unction of the Holy Spirit. He takes all burdens, emotional traumas, depression, and the like away to give us peace.
God healing the brokenhearted is such an important topic that I want to expound on it in more detail below.
I list 7 Bible verses that refer to a broken heart and I expound on how the passages can be meaningful to you and set you free.
Maybe you are so caught up in your situation that you wonder if your broken heart will ever heal, or how long it might take. So, take your time to dig deep in God’s Word, because Jesus has healing for your broken heart today.
7 Bible Verses For A Broken Heart
The following 7 Bible verses reveal perfectly what God thinks of your emotional needs. He takes it very seriously how you feel and wants you to be set free of any traumas, burdens, and other emotional baggage.
So, please ask the Holy Spirit to open up your spiritual eyes to receive God’s healing truth through His Word.
1. Psalm 34:18
“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.”Psalm 34:18 NKJV
Whatever burdens, hurts, or pains you, carry in your heart, God takes them super seriously.
They might have come in through abuse, rejection, or a simple but burdensome breakup.
Maybe you feel like an emotional wreck, crushed, and ruptured inside.
Believe it or not, this is exactly what the Hebrew word describes in this verse for the word “broken” (blueleterbible.org).
God was there when your heart was hurt, and He is here now ready to heal you.
The only thing that repels Him is if you let the pain and the wounds harden your heart.
He won’t be able to do much if you don’t keep a humble and needy attitude towards Him. But more on that later.
2. Psalm 51:17
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart
These, O God, You will not despise.”Psalm 51:17 NKJV
This Psalm is the repentance prayer of David after He was confronted with his sin.
David acknowledges that God doesn’t want sacrifices in lip service or accomplishing a lot of “good works” for God.
For God, the most important thing in a sensitive situation is not to get busy or superficial but that you stay authentically real with Him.
God will never reject a person that full-heartedly pours out their deepest matters before Him.
To Him, this is way more valuable than accomplishing Churchy work, because it is the first step of facing the issue inside and dealing with it.
Please know that God allows certain situations to come up because He wants to teach us something or work on our hearts.
Our heart is His most favorite and most important thing. Everything you do, everything you say, and even your thoughts have their root in the abundance of your heart (Luke 6:45).
The condition of your heart determines your character and mindset. If you don’t clean up with the brokenness that resides inside, it will have a strong negative effect on your life.
Remember the saying, hurt people hurt people?
It’s just so true. And God knows.
So, He longs for you to lay it all in the open before Him so that you two together can work it out.
3. Luke 4:18
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;”Luke 4:18 NKJV
Jesus was sent by the father to heal your broken heart. Think about that.
The God of the whole universe squeezes Himself into a human shell and becomes a man only so that you could have peace and be made whole.
Now here in this passage, Jesus announces His ministry and what He is all about.
He is handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah and starts reading. When He’s done He’s like, “Aaand… That’s Me!”
Jesus was and still is all about preaching the full gospel, healing the emotionally wounded, proclaiming freedom to the bound, setting them free, and healing the sick.
It has never changed. If you feel emotionally burdened in any way, know that Jesus wants to truly touch you and set you completely free.
I say that because I have experienced Jesus do the same in my life and in other people’s lives. He stands true to His Word and has not changed.
Jesus is indeed the healer of the brokenhearted.
4. Psalm 147:3
“He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds.”Psalm 147:3 NKJV
This verse is a wonderful confirmation of Luke 4:18 and just shows God’s consistency in motive.
When you think of the terrible things that you go through, remember what Jesus went through in order for you to only have a chance of talking to God and being set free.
Jesus took all your pain and all your struggles upon Himself on the cross.
The Bible says that our chastisement was put on Him so that we could have peace (Isaiah 53:5).
So, if you long for that peace of mind, for that peace in your soul, know that Jesus made it available through the cross.
He wants to bless you with a peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
Give Him all your unrest and brokenness and let Jesus set you free and give you peace.
5. John 14:27
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”John 14:27 NKJV
To add to my last point of peace, this comparison is very powerful.
Jesus underlines here again, that the true peace we all long for you can only find in Him.
Applying this to a broken heart He won’t treat it like the world would.
In our own worldly wisdom, people take counsel from psychiatrists, counselors, and the like finding themselves only treating the symptoms by the wisdom of man but not the spiritual root.
Now let me put a little disclaimer here though: If you feel like you need a professional to talk to, please, by no means don’t hesitate to do so.
My point is that they will never be able to do what Jesus is ready to do for you.
Just one touch by the King of kings could turn your whole life around and change you forever.
He is your healer and deliverer. No depression, no anxiety, no abuse could be too big for Him.
I believe Jesus actually thought of you and your situation you are in right now when He was hanging there on the cross.
Despite His ability to end this horrible scene of His suffering, Jesus chose your life over His own.
He chose to die for you in shame and bondage so that you could live a life in freedom.
But it’s on us to grab ahold of this wonderful liberating love.
6. Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”Matthew 11:28-30
This passage might be the most commonly used passage for any kind of trouble. But it is so true.
Whether you endure an emotional trauma, someone who wronged you, or any other type of emotional burden, it might weigh you down like a heavy burden.
Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
To get rid of this ugly yoke, you need to cast it unto the Lord in prayer.
It is an active spiritual step you are consciously taking. I will go more in-depth on this a little bit later in this article.
As hard as it sounds, but you need to decide if you want to stay in your emotional slumber, or proactively hand it over to God by casting it out.
It’s hard and it’s painful, trust me, I know. But Jesus is right there with you ready to take this heavy load off your shoulders to exchange it with His freedom, laughter, peace, joy, and love!
Entrust yourself fully to Him. Surrender it all and let it go. I will tell you how further down below.
7. Matthew 5:8
“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”Matthew 5:8
“What is this scripture doing here?!”, you might be thinking.
Well, this scripture really holds a huge key for the healing of your broken heart.
It’s the opposite of what you’re dealing with right now.
If you want your freedom and if you want to see God and the things of God in your life, you need Jesus to purify your heart from all emotional wounds and brokenness.
It’s very simple yet powerful. The more you get healed and delivered, the more you will see the things of God in your life.
I’ve experienced it over and over again. Whenever God pulls away another layer in my life that needs to be worked out, He brings me to another level of understanding in our relationship.
He would take me deeper in His Word or let me experience awesome things with Him that I otherwise wouldn’t have.
So, how can we let go in prayer and how can we actively purify our hearts?
What is the best way to heal a broken heart?
I’ve probably touched on some points where you thought, “well, I thought I did that, but nothing changed.”
I’d love to give you a short but helpful guide on how to deal with the sensitive and spiritual matters of our hearts.
It’s nothing fancy, it’s super simple, in fact, it’s really just two steps. But if you stick with the process it will make a huge noticeable impact on your life.
1. Repent & Surrender
The first step might be obvious.
You need to surrender it all to God, full-heartedly. I mean totally. Don’t hold back.
This goes together with repentance.
Maybe you don’t feel like you did anything wrong, but it’s important that you bring the whole situation and yourself under the blood of Jesus.
It’s time to let go.
There might be self-pity, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, maybe even suicidal thoughts, feelings of rejection, and so on. You name it, you know better what’s going on inside.
They might not seem to be a typical sin per-say at first sight. But I think you would agree that they are certainly not of God.
Just repent of it. Surrender it all to the feet of Jesus and let it go.
Maybe some of these things even run like a cycle in your family. Just stand in the gap for peeps, asking God for forgiveness, how your family or your ancestors have allowed certain things to come in.
If you’re wondering what “standing in the gap” is, I got you covered. I answered it in this article to give you a powerful tool for prayer and intercession.
Also, this Youtube video here covers this topic very well. It also includes a prayer part that could really minister to you.
2. Separate Yourself from The Source & Let It Go
This is also known as healing through deliverance
Now, that you have repented and laid everything out on God’s table, we need to proactively get rid of all burdens and awful yokes.
I know you technically already “cast your burdens on the Lord”, but because of the spiritual root of the things that make your heart feel broken, you need to take a more proactive role.
Don’t worry, God will be with you on your side and touch your heart right where you’re at.
Should there be any bitterness or unforgiveness in your heart towards anyone, then you need to truly forgive them for everything they said or did like Jesus forgave you.
This can be a big step, especially when it’s a cause for your broken heart. But it’s so important.
Even though it seems like you give the other person something by releasing him/her, but in truth, you are actually releasing yourself.
This is so powerful that it has the potential to release you of major brokenness on the inside just through releasing forgiveness.
Some of the burdens might have come in through traumas, ungodly soul ties, generational curses, curses, or ungodly declarations others spoke over your life, or through rejection and the like.
These things are like a draw for a spirit to come into your life to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10).
So, you need to renounce them by name, all the way back to Adam and Eve (just to be sure), and then you need to tell these things to leave you in the name of Jesus.
If you are unsure on how to pray this through, I explain this prayer process in more detail and give you an extensive healing and deliverance prayer-example in this article.
This is called healing through deliverance. Jesus did this often in the Bible.
Sometimes, even though the body needs healing, Jesus casts out a demonic spirit attached to it (deliverance), which then brings the healing.
The most prominent example would be Jesus confronting the man with the demon called Legion in Luke 8:26-39. You can see a demon-possessed man who is not in his right mind (mentally ill, cutting himself, etc) being healed by casting out a legion of demons.
I explain this whole process and the difference between healing and deliverance in this article.
How Long Does It Take For A Broken Heart To Heal?
How long a broken heart can take to heal is difficult to say. There are too many variables involved including different types of personalities and distinct situations. In most cases, the healing of a broken heart is a process.
Maybe you have been seeking healing and deliverance for your broken heart for a while now and you are thinking, “Will my broken heart ever heal?”
Let me encourage you to just stick with it. It is a process.
To help you in this process you can use my prayer guide for self-deliverance that I put together for you.
I can remember when I became a Christian God confronted me about the unforgiveness, hurt, and anger in my heart. He showed me that I had to forgive to move on. And so I did.
God touched me, set me free of a bunch of things until years later He brought similar issues up again showing me that we needed to go deeper in the healing process.
It was then when God completely set me free, that I felt a spiritual, emotional, as well as a physical release and I was able to tell that one person genuinely without remorse for the first time after 20 years that I loved him.
That was my Dad by the way. It’s a long story, we can talk about that another time.
God had to take away layer after layer until the root of my brokenness was ripe to be plucked out by the Holy Spirit.
After that, I felt so much better. I felt free and was able to love and forgive way more easily than ever before.
Jesus healed my broken heart and wants to do the same with you.
So, to answer how long does it take? Well, as long as it takes. 😉
Just stick with the process of healing and deliverance. Don’t give up and keep your eyes on the prize, Jesus.
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